Some $23 million in federal money is coming to Maryland from the U.S. Commerce Department to train Marylanders to work in the offshore wind-power industry. The money will go to the state’s labor department for The Maryland Works for Wind project. The project will partner employers with seven local unions to build a model to train workers. Maryland’s project is one of 32 chosen nationwide out of more than 500 applicants. State officials say the offshore wind industry will create more than 10,000 jobs in Maryland, and add $3 billion dollars to the Baltimore and Central Maryland economy over the next 20 years.
Critics of off-shore windpower plants say that they are bad for local wildlife and are an eyesore. Proponents say that most of the projects are not noticed from the shoreline, and are placed beyond the line of vision if one were to look toward the horizon.
Photo from Governor Hogan’s Announcement at Tradepoint in Sparrows Point, MD